Deutsche Bahn plans to spend more than twelve billion euros on new trains in the coming years. This was a record sum in the history of the company, said Berthold Huber, passenger transport director in Berlin. In long-distance transport alone, the group plans to put a total of 8.5 billion euros in new trains by 2026.
The Group is also planning major investments in modernizing regional transport. According to DB, around 2.7 billion euros for new design and the purchase of new vehicles are to flow into the fleets of Germany's five largest S-Bahn trains. In addition, there will be around one billion euros in investments in the DB Regio fleets.
Every euro for more rails and modern trains is well invested, Huber emphasized. Attractive connections between the metropolises as well as high-performance mobility in German cities and in the country are "supporting pillars of the traffic turnaround". The train wants to run significantly more ICE and Intercitys between the largest German cities. "We will consistently have long-distance traffic between the major cities going every half hour," said Huber.
Left-wing party leader Katja Kipping meanwhile called for a free Bahncard 50 for all citizens as a climate protection measure. Instead of subsidizing electric cars, this Bahncard should be available to everyone free of charge, she told the Rheinische Post in Düsseldorf. Kipping noted that electric cars could only be afforded by people who had more than 30,000 euros for a car.